WTOP Radio Series Archive

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    The dream of creating a fully-immersive and convincing virtual reality may still be in the future, but engineers at Oculus say we’re getting closer.
    Date: April 16, 2017

    Resource Added: April 14, 2017

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    In one section of town, DC pedestrians are generating renewable energy…and may not even know it.
    Date: April 9, 2017

    Resource Added: April 6, 2017

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    Human organs must be used for transplant soon after removal, but freezing them often causes damage. Engineers are developing a solution.
    Date: April 2, 2017

    Resource Added: April 4, 2017

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    This summer, teams of US college students will compete with counterparts in other countries at a “Shark Tank”-like business plan competition aimed at tackling the biggest issues of our time.
    Date: March 26, 2017

    Resource Added: March 26, 2017

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    Access to clean, salt-free water is challenging in many parts of the world. A new system may make desalination of water easier.
    Date: March 17, 2017

    Resource Added: March 17, 2017

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    The FDA has cleared the first human trials of an investigational device that could give real sensation to artificial hands.
    Date: March 12, 2017

    Resource Added: March 10, 2017

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    Your contact lenses might one day be engineered with technologies that do more than correct vision.
    Date: March 5, 2017

    Resource Added: March 3, 2017

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    In a landmark step for artificial intelligence, a computer program has beaten the world’s best poker players at a 20 day competition in Pittsburgh.
    Date: February 26, 2017

    Resource Added: February 24, 2017

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    A new IMAX film that takes you from the Great Wall of China to the tallest of modern skyscrapers may give you a new perspective on engineers…as we found out at this week’s premiere.
    Date: February 19, 2017

    Resource Added: February 17, 2017

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    Now that football’s over for the season, are you missing it? Maybe even dreaming of becoming a pro football player yourself and raking in the big bucks?
    Date: February 12, 2017

    Resource Added: February 10, 2017

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    Today’s Super Bowl TV viewing experience will include a new technology that offers unlimited angles on the action.
    Date: February 5, 2017

    Resource Added: February 3, 2017

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    A computer using artificial intelligence is taking on the world’s best poker players at a competition in Pittsburgh and, in a groundbreaking feat, it’s winning.
    Date: January 29, 2017

    Resource Added: January 26, 2017

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    Researchers have engineered a new chemical that stores solar heat, and releases it when needed. It could one day warm your clothes and de-ice your windshield.
    Date: January 22, 2017

    Resource Added: January 20, 2017

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    Much of the world’s energy usage goes toward heating or cooling our buildings. But that could change if engineers are successful at making the perfect insulator.
    Date: January 15, 2017

    Resource Added: January 13, 2017

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    Like a New Year’s resolution, deciding whether to do anything about climate change may boil down to human nature.
    Date: January 8, 2017

    Resource Added: January 5, 2017

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    In the midst flu season, one option for keeping an eye on outbreaks could be social media.
    Date: January 1, 2017

    Resource Added: December 29, 2016

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    Well, Santa did it again! Against the odds, delivering all those presents last night. But maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised.
    Date: December 25, 2016

    Resource Added: December 22, 2016

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    If you’re replenishing a lot of Christmas tree water, you can thank the efficiency of flow from the trunk to its needles. Studying such natural flows can help engineers design things.
    Date: December 18, 2016

    Resource Added: December 16, 2016

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    Someday you might not need to worry about whether your medication is in stock…because it can be made on demand.
    Date: December 11, 2016

    Resource Added: December 9, 2016

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    The recent presidential campaigns focused a lot on improving our nation’s infrastructure, but hardly at all on climate change. The two issues may be more related than politicians think.
    Date: December 4, 2016

    Resource Added: December 2, 2016

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